Monday, December 5, 2016

The Constantinian St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

Church of St. Agnes

Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA).  

During a golden age, many of us received our liturgical formation here.

Forever grateful. 

Where to Purchase a Nice Antique Manger Scene

Thrift stores.

Value Village, Savers, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.  Lots of old Christmas stuff.  Take a look early on in late November or early December.  Some real treasures at rock bottom prices.

Yours truly picked up this little gem at a thrift store called Bibles for Missions.  

Where to Purchased Used Hand Missals

Yours truly picked these up recently at thrift stores.

Since my youth I have frequented these stores in search of antique church items.

St. Vincent de Paul stores sometimes have them, and even Salvation Army stores.  They are often on the free shelf where the "religious" books go.  

Vatican II Peritus Condemns 1960s "Ugly Sacred Art" Phenomena

The Church and Modernistic Art, a book printed in the 1960s by the Wanderer Printing Company, is a fine read.

The author is Monsignor Rudolph G. Bandas, Ph.D, S.T.D., a distinguished peritus (expert) at Vatican Council II.    

According to Msgr. Bandas, our age is witnessing a peculiar outbreak of ugliness in the domain of sacred art.

This ugliness has invaded not only churches, but is also found in Christmas cards, laymen's missals and even in the priests' altar missals.

In this type of sacred art, Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints are represented in sometimes grotesque, even repulsive forms with cretinous faces, and pictured as though they were suffering from elephantiasis, starvation or a deforming arthritis.

This modernistic art seems to concentrate especially on images of Christ.  Contrary to the teaching of the liturgy that Christ "reigned triumphantly" from the cross, and that his glorified body reigns from heaven forever.

The new art often represents Christ, Mary and the saints in an attitude of despair or confusion or even stupidity.  It completely distorts the human figure, ignoring the nobility and divine stature of Christ and all things holy.

In his book, Msgr. Bandas confronts this bogus new art with the age-long and unchanging legislation of the Church.  He was inspired by Celso Cardinal Constantini, who frequently characterized the modernistic productions as "pictorial horrors" and even "visual blasphemies."

Msgr. Bandas delves into the pronouncements of the Church on sacred art as found in the decrees of Ecumenical Councils, of Sacred Congregations and of the Sovereign Pontiffs.

The book includes 75 photographs, illustrating true sacred art vs. ugly sacred art.  

Does Your Cathedral or Parish Offer Vespers on Sunday?

What Vatican II Really Says About the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin

Church Renovation Before and After: From Red Fern Fine Art Studio

Nice job, guys!

Gregorian Chant

Christmas Pen & Ink Drawing

Catholics: Where to Purchase Your Christmas Cards

Buy them here, and support pro-life:

Traditional Mass Pilrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Santiago: Join Us!

This is a bargain trip.

Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to travel through three countries with a traditional Mass chaplain.

I will accompany the group as tour director.  

Bring your family and solidify the faith of your adult children or grandkids!

My Grandparents in 1943

Please pray for the repose of their souls.

Robert and Gloria Western.

They had a large family of twelve children and made many sacrifices to send their kids to Catholic schools.  

Vatican II on Teaching Catholics to Say and Sing the Mass in Latin

Best Baptism Booklet in Latin-English

I wish every pastor could buy these and hand them out before every Baptism.

And give a little catechesis in the vestibule of the church before the Baptism, to explain, from the Catechism of the Council of Trent, what exactly it is which is about to take place.

This wonderful little booklet is printed by the Angelus Press:

Pastors, do not miss this teaching opportunity!  

Bavarian Catholics in Rome: Bayern

Pope Benedict would be proud to see these pilgrims from his homeland. 

St. Peter's Square

Family Shrine from the Netherlands

Circa 1930s with original light bulb that still works! 

A family shrine which we inherited.

Holy Mass in the New World in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

The New Face of Revolutionary

Veils by Lily in St. Peter's Basilica

Meditation for Holy Mass


Evidence of the Vernacular Text Being Tampered with in 1961

 St. Pius X Daily Missal, Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1961

Sacred Art!

"If a pagan asks you to show him your faith, take him into church and place him before the icons."

-St. John of Damascus

Extraordinary Form at Vancouver Cathedral

Thanks, Fr. Pablo!

How to Promote the Gregorian Rite with Chant on the Diocesan Level

Communion on the Tongue

Communion on the tongue has always been the universal Catholic practice.

The opposite, Communion in the hand, risks particles of the sacred species falling to the ground and being left to be trudged upon, which would be a sacrilege.

Knowing What Vatican II Really Said

"Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, as a movement of the Holy Spirit in His Church."  -Sacrosanctum Concilium, 43

Preserve Our Church Choirs!

The Big Plan: Help The Rebel beat the CBC!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Life In Hidden Light

A Conversation with a Former Abortionist: Full Interview with Dr. Anthon...

1st Trimester Medical Abortion: Abortion Pills

Nuns in Ireland

Support Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Value of a Crisis Pregnancy Center

Prayer Request

Please offer a prayer for the repose of the soul of my dear cousin, recently deceased.

Rev. clergy, kindly offer a Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul: Ann Marie Sonnen. 

Thank you!

Pray for the Catholic Island of Cuba: Finally Liberated!

The Papal Court

Uniform of the Soprintendente Generale delle Poste Pontificie (General Supervisor of the Papal Posts).

From the mid-sixteenth century the management of the Papal Dispatch Riders and Couriers was entrusted to the General Supervisor of the Papal Posts.

It was also the task of this lay dignitary of the papal court to make advance arrangements and provision for horses and lodgings during the Pontiff''s journeys, and to accompany and precede him wherever he went.  If the Master Horseman happened to be absent, he stood in for him by opening and closing the Holy Father's carriage door.

With the constitution of the State of the Vatican City in 1929, it became the responsibility of the General Supervisor of the Papal Posts to meet together with our lay dignitaries, the sovereigns and heads of state at the border of the papal palace when they were on their way to an audience with the Pope.

This position was abolished in 1968 by Paul VI. 

More info on the Papal Court HERE.

What a Great Catholic Man in Politics Looks Like: Meet Pierre Lemieux

Rome Quotes

"Togliere la porpora a Burke e Brandmüller? Voi provateci. Siamo pronti a scatenare una guerra che non avrà mai fine contro di voi."

-Anonymous Vatican Source

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cavallerizzo Maggiore di Sua Santita' (Master Horseman of His Holiness)

From the time of Gregory the Great (590 - 604), the general administration of the Palatine Stables was entrusted to this lay dignitary of the Papal Court.

Whenever the pope went out in a carriage or on horseback through the city, or set out on a journey, the Master Horseman would visit the monsignoral prefect for information about the route to be taken, so as to make the appropriate arrangements for a herald and to ride before the papal carriage.

His perogative, besides that of being able to open and close the Holy Father's carriage door (genuflecting after doing so, as the pope exited), was that of presenting the Pontiff with a horse to ride, and then of taking it back again.

After 1870 the post of Master Horseman became merely honorary.  It was completely abolished in 1968 by Paul VI. 

Bring Back the Papal Court

This is a new addition to the Vatican Museums.  Very nice to see this, after years of silence.

Uniform of the FORIERE MAGGIORE DEL SACRI PALAZZI APOSTOLICI (High Quartermaster of the Sacred Apostolic Palaces).

Present in the Papal Court since the time of Alexander V (1409 - 1410), the High Quartermaster was the first among the palatine officials of the Monsignor Major-Domo, whose functions he assumed when the Major-Domo was absent.

Appointed for life at the Pope's discretion, he was entrusted with oversight of the buildings, gardens, water and furnishings of the Apostolic Palaces, including the care of the papal wardrobe and the organisation of the Pope's journeys and vacations, taking charge of the arrangement of lodgings. 

From the end of the eighteenth century the post of High Quartermaster of the Sacred Apostolic Palaces was conferred exclusively on a member of the noble Roman family of the Marchesi Sacchetti.  It was finally abolished in 1968 by Paul VI. 

Papal Knight Sword

Summertime Fedora in Rome

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rome Quotes

"What my wife and I say to ourselves when we hear the, 'well, like, you know, totally, oh my gosh, for sure, dude, whatever' Americanish on the buses in Rome.  'Hic enim aut barbarus semisermo discendus est aut tacendum est.'  For around here one either has to learn a barbarous half-language or say nothing at all.  St. Jerome's seventh letter.  And these are the college students who are wealthy enough and "educated" enough to spend a semester abroad in Rome. Lord, save us from education!"


Thursday, November 24, 2016

America's Favorite Seminarian to be Ordained

Rev. Mr. Philip Gerard Johnson will be ordained priest on January 7, 2017!

I was honored to receive an invitation in the mail for his ordination.  I remember well meeting for the first time Philip and his parents outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums.  Later, I met his parents in Piazza Navona, and his father was kind enough to offer me a beer!

Philip is one of the best.  A book could be written on the witness of his incredible story, an adventure which brought him from the U.S. Navy to the altar of ordination!  

Congrats, Fr. Philip!